Once you get your class schedule, extracurricular schedule, and class syllabus', you should sit down and create your semester-long schedule. This will help because you'll see your entire semester laid out in front of you and know which weeks/days will be your busiest. When a crazy week is approaching, you can take preventive measures to ensure you're prepared for the week.
This is obvious, but sometimes it's hard to get an appropriate amount of sleep when you're at college. There will be loud roommates, bar specials, late nights of studying, and more that will keep you distracted. However, if you know that you have an early morning or a long day ahead of you, take the extra step to make sure you'll well-rested.
3. Keep an updated planner
You should already have your schedule filled out from Step 1, but keeping it updated weekly is also so important! There will always be more assignments and projects added onto your plate and you want to make sure your planner is the most up-to-date as possible so you don't miss anything. Write down your lunch and dinner dates, sorority meetings, and more so that you know what your week looks like.
4. Make a workout schedule
Working out is a great way to de-stress and feel good about yourself! It takes your mind off of everything and lets you focus on yourself and your body. It's guaranteed that you'll leave the gym feeling good about yourself. Nobody has ever left the gym and thought that they shouldn't have worked out.
5. Eat right
This is a hard one because healthy food is expensive and college students are usually poor. It's also hard because it requires a lot of time and effort to plan meals, shop for them, and cook them. My roommates have started meal prepping and it saves them so much time! They plan their weekly meals, shop for them, cook them, and separate them into tubberware containers each Sunday so their week is ready to go! This helps because if you're on a time crunch, you can throw your pre-made meal into the microwave and eat it (instead of stopping at McDonald's).
6. Hit up the library
This was something I didn't take advantage of until the end of my sophomore year. The library is such a great on-campus resource and I'm surprise more people don't take advantage of it! Sitting down at a table or desk automatically puts me in study mode and I'm so much more productive than I would have been if I were at home with my bed and Netflix. Utilize your campus library because I guarantee it offers something that your bedroom doesn't!
That's it for now. I hope that these tips and tricks are ones you already practice or are thinking of trying! I swear these are the reasons I have a 3.8 GPA right now. Good luck and have a fun, productive semester!